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Dr Irina Erchova

Dr Irina Erchova

Research Associate

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences


I have a long-standing interest in brain’s ability to adapt and repair. My current research is into early functional deficits in eye condition caused by progressive retinal neurodegeneration. This focus stems from our knowledge that cell’s functional abnormalities precede cell death and further deterioration can be delayed or even prevented. This early diagnostics opens a window for successful medical intervention for many conditions that deemed incurable and current treatment is largely supportive (like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and even Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD). My current work is focused on in vivo tests and electrophysiological characterisation of murine retina and brain.

I have a dual background in engineering (MSc in Computer science) and life sciences (PhD in Neuroscience) and I am particularly interested in integrated multidisciplinary approach to bio scientific research. I am also a STEM ambassador and enjoy disseminating our cutting-edge science to an interested audience.








Recent publications:

Erchova I, Vasalauskaite A, Longo V, Sengpiel F.(2017) Enhancement of visual cortex plasticity by dark exposure. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2017 Mar 5;372(1715).

Morgan JE, Tribble J, Fergusson J, White N, Erchova I.(2017) The optical detection of retinal ganglion cell damage. Eye (Lond). 2017 Feb;31(2):199-205

Tudor D, Kajić V, Rey S, Erchova I, Považay B, Hofer B, Powell KA, Marshall D, Rosin PL, Drexler W, Morgan JE.(2014) Non-invasive detection of early retinal neuronal degeneration by ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography. PLoS One. 28;9(4):e93916.

Anantrasirichai N, Nicholson L, Morgan JE, Erchova I, Mortlock K,

North RV, Albon J, Achim A.(2014) Adaptive-weighted bilateral filtering and other pre-processing techniques for optical coherence tomography. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 38(6):526-39.

Anantrasirichai N, Achim A, Morgan JE, Erchova I, Nicholson L (2013) Svm-Based Texture Classification in Optical Coherence Tomography IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) proc.

Pappas O, Anantrasirichai N, Nicholson L, Morgan JE, Erchova I, Achim A (2013) Curvelet domain image fusion of OCT and fundus imagery using convolution of meridian distributions IEEE International Conferenference on Image Processing

Boehlen A, Henneberger C , Heinemann U, Erchova I.(2013) Contribution of near-threshold currents to intrinsic oscillatory activity in rat medial entorhinal cortex layer II stellate cells J Neurophysiol. 109(2):445-63